Thursday, 1 February 2018


Coulsdon remains one of the safest places to live within Croydon with low rates of reported crime. Unfortunately, the last few months have seen spikes in reported burglaries with the accompanying distress. They frequently, although not exclusively, occur during the early evenings in clusters with several houses targeted. The long nights and inclement weather means fewer people are about to notice unusual behaviour. We must be mindful to take extra care to protect ourselves, like locking doors and windows even when at home for example and keeping an eye on neighbouring properties.

Crime Prevention Advice - Distraction Burglary
Put up signs - Start by trying to reduce the number of unexpected callers you get in the first
place. Having a sign that is visible both night and day near your door can let the caller know that
you will not buy any goods or services at the door is a good start.
Know that someone is at the door - Ensure that you can hear the doorbell from all areas of your
property, even the rear garden. If you answer then they will have a ready excuse such as “Looks
like you need your gutters cleared out”. If you cannot hear the doorbell and door remains
unanswered they may incorrectly assume that you are not in and decide to break in.
Check before you open - Check that any rear windows and doors are closed and locked. There
may be someone going around the back while you are distracted at the front.
Check identification - Call out to let them know that someone is in the property. If you're not sure
who is at your door, don't open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are
claiming to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water and police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your
local directory or provided independently by your service provider - do not use any telephone
numbers provided by the caller - they may be bogus. The 'Waterboard' no longer exists, it is an
obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.
Reporting a crime in London can be done via the Met Police website using a mobile phone, tablet,
laptop or computer when and where it is convenient for you. Simply click “report a crime” on the
Met website to begin the process ( and
follow the online steps, receiving a reference number at the end.
Kind regards

Coulsdon West

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